Unites States approves $6 billion worth of weapons sales to Gulf allies

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Unites States approves $6 billion worth of weapons sales to Gulf allies

On Friday, the 3rd of May 2019, the US State Department had rubberstamped a possible $6 billion worth of weapons sales to two of its Gulf allies, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, over three separate packages, the Pentagon had corroborated after notifying the US Congress for certification.

If truth is to be told, conventionally, United States depends heavily upon its Gulf allies such as Saudi Arabia and UAE to counter regional influence of Iran, and as part of a long-term plan, United States’ latest move to sell THAAD missile defense system to two of its gulf allies had been unleashed.

According to one of few notifications sent to US Congress on Friday (May 3rd), Bahrain might purchase wide-ranging Patriot Missile systems and related equipment alongside supports for an approximated cost of $2.48 billion, while the possible Bahrain deal would be including 36 Patriot MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missiles, widely known as GEM-T, a heavily-upgraded missile which could shoot down cruise missiles alongside aircrafts.

At a separate State Department Notification, the UAE was permitted to purchase some $2.73 billion worth of Patriot missiles alongside related equipment and support including 452, PAC-3 (Patriot Advanced Capability) MSE (Missiles Segment Enhanced).

Besides, Lockheed Martin Co. alongside Raytheon Co. had been acting as the principal contractors for the sale.